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Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession, PC

Released in 1994, Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession was developed by DreamForge Intertainment for Strategic Simulations Inc. and was distributed by US Gold in the UK.

I remember it well because I reviewed it for PC Player magazine back in the day.

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Deathsmiles, Arcade

Deathsmiles is an infamous (and much-loved) 2007 shooter from Cave – a Japanese company known for its relatively innovative and leftfield output. Cave shooters are ‘Bullet Hell’ in overdrive…

For some people, Deathsmiles might be too strange; too over-the-top, and too difficult to contemplate playing, but for everyone else: you’re sure to have a great time blasting your way through this weird horizontal scroller.

Graphically – like most Cave shooters – Deathsmiles is very dense; very busy; and highly detailed. This can make discerning objects quite difficult in the mix of foreground and background graphics (not to mention the hundreds of bullets flying around), but that’s all part of the fun of a Cave shooter. The on-screen madness…

Features-wise: there are two playable characters; some Ray Harryhausen-style giant monsters; ridiculous (but brilliant) boss battles; strange cut scenes; gigantic explosions; and lots of references to horror and the occult. Not to mention some incredible visual effects.

Deathsmiles is beautifully constructed and extremely imaginative. It’s one of those games that has to be played to be believed, and is still available to buy on Steam, so is easy to get hold of should you fancy dipping your toe into one of the most insane (and fun) shoot ’em ups of all time.

More: Deathsmiles on Wikipedia
Website: https://www.cave.co.jp/gameonline/deathsmiles/
Steam: Deathsmiles on Steam

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, Super Nintendo

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is a fantastic strategy action game, developed by Quest, and first published on the Super Nintendo in 1993.

As the story unfolds, exploration takes place on a cool, overhead, Mode 7 scrolling map, upon which your units move in the direction you choose. Meet an enemy unit and combat kicks in, shifting to an isometric tabletop view. Combat is turn-based and very easy to get into. The whole storyline is steeped in the lore or Tarot Cards, and these also play a part in combat. You can choose cards in battle to enact certain special powers, often with nice accompanying visual effects.

As you progress, your units evolve too. Experience Points will morph existing units into more advanced troops, giving you an edge in battle. And – as it is a rebellion you are leading – the recruitment of powerful third party characters becomes key to your success.

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is a brilliant game; a cult classic; and one that still plays as good today as it did when it was first released.

A sequel followed, in 1995, called Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together.

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